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Russia announces gas supply interruptions to Denmark, Netherlands and Germany

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Banner com o logo da Gazprom em frente ao Palácio de Inverno, na Praça Dvortsovaya, em São Petersburgo, Rússia
Banner with the Gazprom logo in front of the Winter Palace on Dvortsovaya Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia| Photo: EFE/EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV

Russia has announced further cuts in natural gas supplies to European countries. According to information from the English newspaper The Guardian, the Russian state energy giant Gazprom has interrupted supplies to the Dutch state-owned GasTerra. It also informed that it will cut off the flow to the Danish state company Ørsted and to Shell Energy, for its gas supply contract to Germany.

The allegation is that the companies refused to pay in rubles for Gazprom’s purchases of natural gas. The Russian state-owned company had already interrupted supplies to Bulgaria, Poland and Finland for the same reason.

Gazprom sells to Shell Energy around 1.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year for supply to Germany, the country that consumes it 59 billions of cubic meters of fuel annually.

GasTerra informed that it has already signed contracts with other suppliers to offset what it expected to receive from Gazprom by October. Ørsted claimed that the cut announced by the Russian state-owned company does not immediately jeopardize the supply of gas to Denmark.

The measure comes at a time when the European Union defines an agreement to stop importing Russian oil, which immediately covers more than two thirds of commodity imports from Russia and should reach almost 60% until the end of the year. The measure is a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which started in 24 of February.

The pact includes all crude oil imports by sea and leaves out the veto oil that is transported from Russia to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia via a pipeline, a requirement that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had passed on to his bloc partners weeks ago.

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